Friday strolling down my driveway after a morning walk I noticed that all of the snow had melted around the base of one of the trees in my front garden. There just poking up from the ground were the tips of daffodils rising up from their long winter sleep. Letting out a whoop of joy my mood lifted instantaneously. Seeing this tiny first sign of spring brought me so much joy.
Fast forward to Saturday morning waking up to snow showers coming down from a cold, steely grey sky. Oh the depths a mood so easily lifted can just as easily crash down. This brought me up short and made me think “is my yogic state so shallow”?
Yoga says that your joy or happiness should not be dependent on what is happening on the outside, the burst of spring or return of winter, but is always there arising from within. In Svaroopa® yoga we cultivate this yogic state in our practice and particularly with a guided awareness during Shavasana when the teacher guides you through a body scan so you can bring your awareness into your body to notice your state outside and inside.
You will often hear yogi’s refer to this yogic state as being detached, but that sounds like you don’t care. What yoga is really saying is that this yogic state you’ve cultivated is not attached to or influenced by external events. That you or I can be as joyful during the Saturday snow flurries as we are seeing the daffodils and other signs of spring.
It isn’t easy, it is a practice. This is why we refer to it as cultivating a yogic state. Some external events or people push you out of your yogic state more easily than others. So I am giving myself a break here, it has been a long, cold, snowy winter and this time the snow pulled me down. I hope to better maintain that yogic state the next time. Actually like everyone else I am hoping that was the last of the snow flurries for this winter that gives me all spring and summer to deepen my yogic state!